Eat Your French Fries Vegetables
My sister, Linda, has been after me for a year to do it and I finally did it. I know it’s a waste of money. They (who are they, anyway?) say, “Seeing is believing.” So I bought one. I bought it even though I won’t eat it. I won’t give it to anyone to eat, not even my dogs. I’m not kidding my dogs eat better than most people.
Why did I finally purchase a Happy Meal? Because there’s yet, another news article, this one in USA Today, stating French fries are the most common vegetable children eat. Fries account for about one-quarter of kid’s vegetable intake. YIKES!
There’s a claim that Happy Meals don’t decompose. Bugs won’t touch them, either. Nope, they just sit there. I found a couple of people who say they purchased a Happy Meal years ago. Seems impossible, so I’m keeping my Happy Meat on a shelf in my office. I’ll see if the claim is true. (I did see one Happy Meal at a presentation which had been saved for two years. Linda was with me and that’s when she started to nag me about buying a Happy Meal for myself.)
Back to potatoes. Potatoes are starchy roots or tubers. They are vegetables, only when the most liberal use of the word is applied: “Edible part of a plant.” With this definition, seeds, nuts, and fruit would also be called vegetables; not what we would expect, dark green leafy edible plants.
It’s disturbing that potatoes make up a quarter of vegetable intake for children. Although, potatoes are not without merit. Potatoes are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, and dietary fiber. A baked potato has zero grams of fat.
When I talk to moms, they always insist their children don’t eat that many French fries. But a recent survey showed the French fry as baby’s first finger food. Even picky eaters will eat fast food, especially French fries. There’s the nagging statistic that French fries compose 25 percent of children’s vegetable intake. Someone is in denial.
What’s worse is that mom isn’t making French fries at home, either. (Click Here for a recipe for healthy oven-fried potatoes.) No, French fries are purchase out, mostly at fast food restaurants. Potatoes are deep fried in a substandard oil (most likely a trans fat or in Interesterifed fat). Even if a “good” oil is used, it’s heated to just under 400 degrees and is used over and over, until it turns to sludge.
To make matters worse for the French fry (and our kids), MSG is a common ingredient in fast food French fries, because it gives food an extra pop in taste. But it’s really flavored poison. MSG is an excitatory neuro-transmitter or “excitotoxin.” Excitotoxins are chemical transmitters allowing brain cells to communicate. Unfortunately, excitotoxins over-stimulate your brain cells and they die. It’s a toxic substance. As you would guess, children are most at risk when they ingest MSG. It can pass the blood brain barrier and even the placental barrier, affecting unborn children.
I know my sister will be happy when she learns I purchased a Happy Meal. She’ll be watching with me to see how long it will be before it decomposes. Read “Nonna’s Happy Meal Blog,” Click Here.
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